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WCC Women's Basketball Notes

Nov. 26, 2008

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Gonzaga is off to a hot start at 5-0 and will play in its first tournament this year at the WBCA Classic in Milwaukee, WI, where it will play No. 15 Virginia among others. Loyola Marymount continues to play well at 3-1 and will host the LMU Ayres Thanksgiving Tournament. Pepperdine will also host a tournament (Timeout for HIV/AIDS Classic) starting Friday. Saint Mary's is the third WCC team to host a tournament this week as it hosts the Saint Mary's Hilton Tournament. San Francisco rounds out the WCC teams hosting tournaments this week, as it holds the Odwalla Classic starting Saturday. Santa Clara finishes the list of teams competing in tournaments as they head to Miami to play in the University of Miami Thanksgiving Tournament. Portland and San Diego stay home this week.


All Times PST

Santa Clara at N. Arizona Flagstaff, AZ
6:35 PM
Long Beach State at Loyola Marymount Los Angeles, CA
7:00 PM
USC at Pepperdine Malibu, CA
7:00 PM
Davis, CA
7:00 PM
San Diego State at San Diego San Diego, CA
7:30 PM
Santa Clara at Florida Gulf Coast Fort Myers, FL
12:00 PM

Portland State at Portland Portland, OR
7:00 PM
Santa Clara vs. Chicago State Coral Gables, FL
2:00 PM

Idaho State at Loyola Marymount Los Angeles, CA
2:00 PM

Gonzaga at Marquette Milwaukee, WI
5:00 PM

Coppin State at Pepperdine Malibu, CA
5:30 PM

Seton Hall at San Diego San Diego, CA
7:00 PM

La Salle at Saint Mary's Moraga, CA
7:00 PM

Loyola Marymount vs. TBD Los Angeles, CA
1:00 PM

Gonzaga vs. Utah Milwaukee, WI
3:00 PM

Pepperdine vs. TBD Malibu, CA
3:30 PM

Indiana/Radford at Saint Mary's Moraga, CA
7:00 PM

N. Colorado at San Francisco San Francisco, CA
7:00 PM

Santa Clara vs. Austin Peay/Miami Coral Gables, FL

Gonzaga vs. Virginia Milwaukee, WI
11:00 AM

Sacramento State at Portland Portland, OR
2:00 PM

UC Irvine at San Diego San Diego, CA
2:00 PM

Washington State at San Francisco San Francisco, CA
2:00 PM

WCC Player of the Week: Gonzaga's Heather Bowman Earns Weekly Honor
Bowman, a junior forward, led the Zags to a 3-0 week with home wins over Utah Valley University and Montana State University and a road win at the University of Wyoming. The Spokane native averaged 24.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.7 steals while shooting 58.7 percent from the field. Bowman is the second Zag in a row to win the award and it is her sixth career honor. For the season, Bowman is averaging 19.2 points and 7.5 rebounds, while shooting 51.8 percent overall.

Noteworthy Performances
There were several great performances from the second week of the season. Below are some of them that may have gone unnoticed.

NAME                              YR      POS      PERFORMANCE
Lena Gipson, SCU                  SO      F        17 pts (8-for-15), 20 rebounds vs. Sacramento StateLaiken Dollente, POR              JR      G        27 points (9-for-14), 7 assists, 4-5 3FG vs. BostonHeather Bowman, GON               JR      F        28 pts, 10 rebounds, 10-11 FT vs. WyomingLouella Tomlinson, SMC            SO      F        21 pts, 9 rebounds, 9 blocks vs. Nevada



Overall Record: 5-0
WCC Record: 0-0
  • Gonzaga went undefeated all week, beating Utah Valley (95-79) and Montana State (100-47) at home and Wyoming (68-58) on the road. The Zags' 5-0 record is the team's best start in school history.

  • WCC Player of the Week Heather Bowman and teammate Courtney Vandersloot combined for 46 points in the Zags' 10-point victory over Wyoming.

  • In the Zags' blowout over Montana State, the Bulldog squad went 43-for-87 from the field, tying the school records for made and attempted field goals.

  • With the wins over Utah Valley and Montana State, Gonzaga has won 13-straight at home.

  • The Zags travel to Wisconsin to compete in the WBCA Classic this weekend. Their first opponent will be the Marquette Golden Eagles (11/28).
  • Overall Record: 3-1
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Loyola Marymount won its only game this week, blowing out the Long Beach State 49ers (83-63). This is Loyola Marymount's ninth straight victory over the 49ers.

  • Freshman Alex Cowling recorded her first double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Cowling went 9-for-12 from the floor while seven of her boards came on the offensive end.

  • Loyola Marymount held a 30-6 advantage in points off turnovers.

  • Three other Lions scored double-figures against the 49ers, including junior Lisa Helmers and senior Cassady Moore with 23 and 12 points, respectively.

  • The Lions are scheduled to compete in the LMU Ayres Thanksgiving Tournament this weekend. Their first game will be against Idaho State (11/28).
  • Overall Record: 2-2
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Pepperdine split its games last week with a win over Northern Arizona (75-60) and a loss to the Women of Troy (55-69).

  • Freshman Jazmine Jackson and junior forward Miranda Ayim led the Waves, scoring 14 and 12 points, respectively.

  • Rebounds told the story against USC as the Trojans outrebounded the Waves 52-33 and outscored the Waves 20-9 in second chance opportunities.

  • Against Northern Arizona, Ayim tabbed a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore Katie Menton notched 15 points, going 5-for-10 from the three-point line.

  • Pepperdine will be hosting the Timeout 4 HIV/AIDS Tournament this weekend, which will feature Penn State, Texas A&M, and Coppin State.
  • Overall Record: 2-3
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Portland went 1-2 on the week with a win over Boston University (74-62) and losses coming from Purdue (50-70) and Providence (61-68).

  • Junior guard Laiken Dollente has led Portland in scoring in every game this season. Against Boston University, Dollente recorded 27 points and seven assists.

  • Juniors Carly Koebel and Karlie Burris and sophomore Tara Cronin also scored in double-digit figures against the Terriers.

  • Against No. 21 Purdue, Portland shot 34.8 percent from the floor and had 26 turnovers.

  • The Pilots are scheduled to play their first game of the season against Portland State (11/26) before they welcome Sacramento State (11/28) to their home gym.
  • Overall Record: 0-5
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Saint Mary's dropped both its games last weekend, falling to Cal State Fullerton (74-88) and Nevada (91-99).

  • Three Gaels scored double-digit points against Nevada. Senior Maija Lahde had a game-high 22 points, sophomore Louella Tomlinson added 21, and freshman Katie Batlin recorded a career-high 13.

  • Saint Mary's shot 49.3 percent from the floor and 55.6 percent from behind the arc against Nevada.

  • Junior Sierra Chambers led the Gaels against Cal State Fullerton, tabbing a new career-high with 30 points on 8-of-15 shooting.

  • The Gaels will compete against La Salle (11/28) in the first round of the Hilton Tournament.
  • Overall Record: 2-2
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • San Diego split its games this week with a win over Cal State Northridge (64-51) and a loss to Cal Poly (64-70).

  • Against Cal State Northridge, seniors Amber Sprague and Kiva Herman both recorded 20 points and 11 rebounds.

  • As a team, San Diego shot 40 percent from the floor and outrebounded Cal State Northridge 49-33.

  • Three Toreros scored double-digits against Cal Poly, including Sprague (19), Herman (16), and sophomore Sam Child (11).

  • San Diego will be hosting rival San Diego State (11/25) before taking on Seton Hall (11/28) and UC Irvine (11/30) to conclude a four-game home stand.
  • Overall Record: 2-2
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • San Francisco blew past Academy of Art in its first home game of the season (80-50) before dropping a close one to Eastern Washington (70-80).

  • Junior guard Danesha Wright paved the way for the Dons against Eastern Washington, scoring a game-high 23 points and going 4-for-5 from behind the arc.

  • Seniors Shay Rollins and Necolia Simmons also recorded double-figures, tallying 21 and 14 points, respectively.

  • Freshman Rheina Ale led the Dons with 18 points as her team shot a .493 clip and outscored Academy of Art 41-16 in the paint.

  • The Dons will travel to UC Davis (11/25) before hosting Washington State and Northern California at the Odwalla Classic this weekend.
  • Overall Record: 0-3
    WCC Record: 0-0
  • Santa Clara dropped its only game of the week against Sacramento State (52-62).

  • Sophomore forward Lena Gipson recorded her second double-double of the season, as she tabbed 17 points and dominated the boards with 20 rebounds.

  • Senior guard Elizabeth Doran was the second leading scorer for Santa Clara with 10.

  • The Broncos went into halftime with a nine-point lead (35-26) but was outscored by the Hornets 17-36 in the second half.

  • The Broncos are scheduled to travel to Northern Arizona (11/24) and Florida Gulf Coast (11/26) before competing against Chicago State (11/28) in the first round of the University of Miami Thanksgiving Tounament this weekend.